I have been enjoying the Magnolia Sisters series by Michelle Major. I recently realized that there were some novellas published between the three main books in the series, so this week I read the first one, as well as listening to the third sister’s story in The Last Carolina Sister.
A Magnolia Reunion (Magnolia Sisters #0.5) by Michelle Major
Published October 1st 2019 by HQN Books
I read the first two books in the Magnolia Sisters series, before I came upon this book. This is a prequel to the series, but the only thing this book has in common with the others is that it takes place in Magnolia and some of the characters in the other books are mentioned or play small parts. This is a short story (50ish pages) but it gives you a taste of her writing and the town of Magnolia. Jennie was the one who got away, when Lucas was spiraling after a serious injury that derailed his football career. I loved meeting Jennie’s grandma and how she worked her matchmaking magic. A short, sweet story that I enjoyed.
The Last Carolina Sister (Magnolia Sisters #3) by Michelle Major, Carly Robbins (Narrator)
Published March 30th 2021 by Harlequin, Harlequin Audio
This was the final book in the Magnolia Sisters trilogy and it was a wonderful story. Avery, Carrie, and Meredith are half-sisters who discovered their connection after the death of their father. They have spent the last six months sorting out the problems left in their inheritance. Meredith was left the farm where she lives and runs an animal rescue. With her sisters happily married, she is trying to deal with the property and rescue without asking them for help. Meredith has plans for expansion and is applying for grants to make her dreams come true.
This story opens with a bang with Meredith arriving at her neighbour’s house asking for help. She has an injured “guest” at her house and was told that Ryan was a doctor, recovering from an injury in the cabin in Magnolia. Something clicks between the two of them and they become friends and eventually more.
That is all I am going to say about the story as I don’t want to spoil it, but as it is a romance, you know they will end up together. In this book, the journey there was fun, had some heartbreaking moments and was full of animals and love. I liked both Meredith and Ryan. Meredith is a bit feisty and does not really like people, she would rather spend time with the animals. Those that know her, see beyond this anti-social mask and are loyal and helpful. She has very low self-esteem based on things in her past that you will learn about in this story, but Meredith has a kind heart and is very sensitive. Ryan came to Magnolia to heal, not just from his physical injury but also from the emotional trauma. He is hiding out, but he does plan to return to his previous life once he is okayed medically. He has several secrets that he is keeping and when they all come out, there will be some repercussions. He is a caring soul, but is looking for his place in the world. He loves being a doctor, but is a big city hospital where he really belongs. I enjoyed the development of the relationship between Meredith and Ryan. I liked how they found a way to work together at the rescue and gradually develop their relationship. Yes, there was insta-love in one sense, but it doesn’t seem like it. As the attraction between them sparked and simmered, their friendship also grew. Ryan was supportive of Meredith and refused to listen when she put herself down. He helped her to see what an amazing person she really is. Once Ryan’s secrets began to emerge, Meredith was a bit blindsided and her stubborn streak came out. She refused to listen to him and there were some difficult times in store for them both.
I enjoy seeing familiar characters make an appearance in this book. What would a Magnolia Sisters book be without Avery and Carrie. The three sisters have really developed into a family. We also learn more about Avery’s family that she grew up with, and she and her father that raised her, deal with their estrangement in this book. Overall, this was a wonderful ending to this trilogy and I am waiting to see what Michelle Major has in store for us next. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Carly Robins. She narrated the other books I have listened to in this series, so she is familiar to my listening ears. Once again, she did a wonderful job with this story. Her voices were very distinguishable and it was easy to identify who was speaking. The pacing, inflection and expression were right on. I will continue to listen to books that she has narrated. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.